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There is sometimes a common belief that just because one side in an argument or an analogy is wrong then that automatically makes the other side right. In the case of this book that clearly does not hold to be true. It is true that what we know of as the modern “church” is not, and has not been what God intended it to be for almost 1600 years now and is for the most part a flawed creation of man. The author offers an alternative that on the surface looks to be a better alternative and fits more with how the original New Testament church functioned, and how churches should function, however after that premise as presented in the book the author diverges into a mish mash of flawed personal opinions and unfounded theories. The author also takes it upon himself to personally reinterpret scripture in order to validate his own flawed opinions.  He also infers that what we know of as the canon of scripture may not be valid, and suggests that what was chosen as the canon of scripture may have been due to political expediency rather than via the inspiration of God. And the author overtly adds to his suggestion that the canon of scripture may not be valid by using a quote from the Gnostic false gospel of Thomas! He further quotes from a badly paraphrased bible called the “Original People’s Bible”  And then goes further to suggest that Native Americans may have actually worshiped and possibly been in right relationship with the one true God of the Bible, prior to Europeans arriving in the new world.

The author in reinterpreting scripture makes a stunning claim: That God may want a relationship with man because God is lonely! He does this by taking the following verse from Genesis 2 out of context and then re-imagining it to fit his flawed premise that God is lonely: Genesis 2:18: “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”

Some newer Bible translations change the word “alone” in the above verse to “lonely”. The author uses one of these newer translations and then flips the verse on its head to say that it actually could mean that God is lonely and desires or needs a relationship with man to take away that loneliness.

Near the end of the book the author offers his opinion on the six literal days of creation, why he offers this is unknown as it does not add to or bolster his premise on why the modern church does not reflect how God intended the church to be! The Author believes in the “Gap Theory” which postulates that there may have been a literal six day creation but that this was actually a “recreation” or restoration because there could have been a “millions of years” GAP between the first and second verses of Genesis 1. and prior to the six day “recreation” or “restoration” the earth in eons past had been  a paradise but then devastated making it “without form, and void” possibly from when Satan was cast of Heaven.

In the book the author also criticizes what he calls the new “liberal” Christianity which pushes “Social Justice” and Socialism and he calls out famous pastors such as Rick Warren for pushing this false gospel. The ironic part that is completely lost on the author is this: You cannot call out others for pushing a false gospel via their own flawed reinterpretation of scripture when you choose to do that yourself. It is obvious in reading the book that the author has a conservative political ideology as opposed to most of the “emerging church” liberal Christian pastors such as Rick Warren. However again, you cannot call out others for their mishandling of scripture when you choose to do the same thing but for a political ideology that is opposite to those that you disagree with.

It is well known that the books and letters that became the canon of scripture were pretty much agreed upon long before any corrupted man made church structure came along. The author misses that, yes the known church at the time of the Council of Nicea was heading in a direction of apostasy, however God was still able to use the known apostatizing church at that time to protect the canon of Scripture. I found it ironic that the author believed and accepted that God used the Israelite’s/Jews to preserve knowledge of the one true God and were the ancestral line from which Jesus would come, even though for most of their history they lived in apostasy, but he virtually refuses to believe that God could work through an apostate church up to a certain point, just as God did through Israel.

The author also infers a strong “Dominionist” theology. Inferring that if only the church changed to what God intended it to be that it could convert the world and change the world for God as the “Bride of Christ” Unfortunately this flies in the face of the plain reading of God’s word! Christians will not convert the entire world before Christ returns, there will only be increasing apostasy. Yes there may be a remnant that remain faithful to God and they will be groups of Christians who meet informally and not part of any formal man made denomination, and the denominations that do exist will be apostate and persecute these groups, along with the Anti-Christ system, but there will be no worldwide revival to turn the world to God and then further to return it to a “Heavenly” paradise.

The author also asserts that the vast majority of Christianity today is not in right relationship with God because it does not use the “correct” name for God. He postulates that the word God is a common noun, and that false god’s could be known as God! This to be quite honest is a very shallow understanding of English grammar. By making the word God begin with a capitalized G you are in effect changing a common noun into a proper noun, or a proper name with context! For example: using god as a common noun in a sentence would look like this: “A man can claim to be a god”. However it becomes a proper noun and a unique proper name with context when you use it in the following manner: “A man named Jesus was God!”  The capitalization of the word god puts a specific context around it, and it becomes a proper noun, a proper name, and the context for it is determined by the text where the proper noun God is used, in this case the Bible, the Written Word of God! Now I agree that a majority of Christians today may not be in right relationship with God, but not because they use the wrong name for God, it is because they have stepped away from a belief that the Written Word of God, The Bible as we have received it is clear (it has perspicuity), is God breathed, and can be relied upon to be the only written text to instruct mankind on how to be in right relationship with God!

2 Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”

Lastly, I would say this in conclusion, although I agree with the author on the condition of what we currently know as the “church”, and Christians do need to return to the form of the “New Testament” church, it would be useless for Christians to do so if they did not have the right Biblical doctrine to follow, and instead allowed themselves to be cast about via false good sounding fables and a false gospel.  During the great persecutions of Christians during the Roman Empire before the practice of Christianity was made legal under Constantine, albeit for political expediency there were Christian groups that were persecuted and who died but who practiced a false gospel! Just because someone offers an alternative to what we know is flawed does not mean that what they offer is a valid Biblical alternative. I would say: Beware of this book, it does not offer a valid Biblical alternative!

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The original posting of this article was about 8 months ago but it caught my eye as I have been researching Karen Wheaton and The Ramp.

from HEADJANITOR:

Perhaps millions of young Americans (as well as vast numbers of youth around the world) are being brainwashed by a large and growing network of apostate “Church” leaders whom Satan is using to create a generation of heretics.  Karen Wheaton (see video, above) is just one of those whom Satan is using to destroy multitudes of souls in this generation.

Before reading the remainder of this essay, I urge you to watch the brief (2-1/2 minutes) video, above.

In the above video, Wheaton admitted that, for at least the past  10 years, she has been part of a certain “movement” ~ which, she says, is “flowingin our nation and, really, around the world.”  She then proceeded to name a few key individuals who also are a part of that same “movement.”  Wheaton’s association with, and endorsement of, those individuals and organizations, reveals her own apostate condition.  Of course, one needs to be familiar with the teachings and works of the individuals whom Wheaton named in that video, in order to judge whether those persons connected with that “movement,” of which Wheaton claims to be a part, are heretics and apostates.

If you are not familiar with the following individuals and organizations (which Wheaton endorsed in her speech), I strongly urge that you should spend at least several hours researching them, on the Internet:

  • Lou Engle                THE CALL
  • Mike Bickle             IHOP  (International House of Prayer)
  • Rick Joyner              MORNINGSTAR
  • Bill Johnson             BETHEL church, in Redding, California
  • Banning Liebscher   JESUS CULTURE (based at Bethel church church in Redding)

The following will help you get started with that research (click on the underlined links):

Mike Bickle (IHOP)

Lou Engle (THE CALL)

Lou Engle (THE CALL)

Rick Joyner (MORNINGSTAR)

Bill Johnson (Bethel church, Redding, CA)

Heidi Baker (who was in the Bill Johnson video, above, at Johnson’s church)

JESUS CULTURE  (40 min. video ~ but WELL worth the time to watch)

The above links are not even the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.  That “movement,” of which Karen Wheaton said she is a part, is truly massive.  Although it is not the only such “movement” which Satan has raised up to deceive the contemporary “Church,” yet, it is one of the largest and most influential (in terms of the impact those persons and organizations have had).

Wheaton started and still runs an operation called, “The Ramp,” in Alabama.  In almost every video I’ve seen of The Ramp, the physical environment resembles a night-club atmosphere, where dance and music performances are staged, complete with fog machines, strobe lights, and colored stage lights; and where everything is high-energy.  Needless to say, young people flock to The Ramp in droves.  That’s what The Ramp is designed to do: attract the youth.

But The Ramp has evolved into something even larger.  The Ramp now conducts a so-called “school of ministry,” which is named, the “Ramp School of Ministry” (RSM).  There, would-be ministers are indoctrinated in the heresies which Wheaton promotes.  In addition to all the Occult-type activities which are prevalently seen amongst that “movement” which Wheaton is associated with, the underlying doctrine apparently embraced by the majority (if not all) of the people involved in that movement, is something called, “Dominionism.”  In a nutshell, Dominionism teaches that Jesus Christ is not going to return to earth until that the Church has subjugated the whole world to the obedience of Christ!  (There is no Rapture, in Dominionism.)  The idea of world-domination is exactly what is taught by Islam as well as by Roman Catholicism.  It is little wonder why that Charismatic Dominionists (like Wheaton, et al) are so willing to join forces with the Roman Catholic Church.

Many Bible prophecy teachers have long believed that the kingdom of Antichrist will entail a certain kind of global religion which shall essentially be a syncretism (blending, unifying) of world religions.  Trends in the realm of mainstream Protestantism, throughout the past decade and more, certainly do seem to point to just such an outcome.  Even such seemingly “conservative” personalities as the (Baptists) James Robison and Beth Moore (and many, many others) have fallen (literally) in line with the march back to Rome; which lately appears more like a stampede.

Given, the great wealth of information that is readily available, pertaining to what is happening amongst the Christian churches in America, there is NO EXCUSE for anyone to remain ignorant of the RAMPant apostasy that is sweeping Biblical Christianity from the churches in America!

You have been warned.  There is a great separation which is even now occurring, whereby true Christians are being called out from amongst the apostates.  I like to describe what is happening in America’s churches, by the following analogy.  In a basket of apples, rotting (or rotten) apples should be promptly removed from the basket, to prevent the rot from spreading to the bulk of apples in the basket.  But in the case that rotten apples are not promptly removed, and the rot thus spreads to many other apples in the basket; it is then the wisest approach not to attempt to remove all of the bad apples, but to remove the few remaining good apples, from the basket of rotten apples.  So it is in the Church: as the Scripture says, in 1 Corinthians 5:2-7:

“And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.  For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us…”

If you will take the time to research these things, as I urged that you should, then you will very soon discover just how rotten, and how pervasive, is that “movement” which Karen Wheaton admitted to embrace.  This matter is deadly serious.  And it is to the point where that discerning Christians MUST SEPARATE themselves from the apostates who persist to be led astray by so many wolves in sheep’s clothing.  It is a parade of charlatans and fools, which is madly dancing their way to the gates of hell.

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The final piece of the puzzle for a global Socialist Order has just been put into place with this pronouncement from the Pope of the false church in Rome.

from the Huffington Post:

Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.

Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who are meeting in Rome this week.

Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity.

On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote a “worldwide ethical mobilization” of solidarity with the poor in a new spirit of generosity.

He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”

Francis had a similar message to the World Economic Forum in January and in h is apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” That document, which denounced trickle-down economic theories as unproven and naive, provoked criticism in the U.S. that he was Marxist.

Francis has denied he’s Marxist, and spent years in Argentina battling Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But he has said from the outset that he wants a church that “is poor and for the poor” and ministers to the most marginal of society.

On Friday, he urged the U.N. to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment and ensure “dignified” labor for all.

“Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustices and resisting the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted,” he said.

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from Critical Issues Commentary:

by Bob DeWaay

 

Bill Johnson of Redding, California has become a popular teacher in one of the latest iterations of the Signs and Wonders movement. His book, When Heaven Invades Earth, reveals his underlying theology. Johnson believes that there will be a great end-time revival that will be initiated by an “Elijah generation”1 (a concept from the heretical Latter Rain movement) that shall transcend all other generations of Christians in regard to their ability to do great works of power. Johnson claims the following about himself and associates: “We will carry the Elijah anointing in preparing for the return of the Lord in the same way that John the Baptist carried the Elijah anointing and prepared the people for the coming of the Lord” (Johnson: 184).2 Supposedly these elitists will set off a great revival of signs and wonders greater than those of Jesus. This miracle explosion, they expect, will cause a great revival before the return of Christ. Johnson states, “I live for the revival that is unfolding and believe it will surpass all previous moves combined, bringing more than one billion souls into the Kingdom” (Johnson: 23).

The basic premise is that God always wants to do abundant and remarkable miracles but is kept from doing so by the fear and unbelief of the church. God awaits the arrival of specially anointed and enlightened Christians who will make it possible for Him to bring at long last an invasion of heaven to earth before the return of Christ. That is the point of Johnson’s title. His subtitle is A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles. Accordingly, with the right information, zeal, desire, piety, faith and anointing, any Christian can “make the supernatural natural” (Johnson: 133).

In this article I will show from Johnson’s book that he has departed from orthodox Christian teaching in many serious ways. He teaches the heretical kenosis doctrine about Christ. He denies the Reformation principle of sola scriptura. He embraces pietism, elitism, subjectivism, fideism, dominion theology, and many other errors. I will claim that his supposed end-time revival is actually end-time apostasy.

How to Introduce Heresy

As I read Johnson’s book, I noted the various errors in it by category. At the end of the process the largest number of entries was under “anti-scholastic bias.” Johnson is firmly against careful scholarship based on sound exegesis of Scripture. To him, such study is likely to bring one into bondage and spiritual death. Sadly, this bias is widespread in current evangelicalism, but Johnson is quite blatant in his rejection of scholarship.

Johnson claims, “For decades the Church has been guilty of creating doctrine to justify their lack of power. . .” (Johnson: 116). It is hard to imagine what “problem” he is reacting to when most of our evangelical educational institutions are committed to postmodern mysticism, with their heroes being mystics like Dallas Willard and Richard Foster. It is hard to find a Bible college or seminary that does not promote “spiritual formation,” which is merely a fancy term for Roman Catholic mysticism. Yet Johnson decries the presence of doctrine. We will see later just how willing he is to depart from orthodox doctrine.

He resorts to an often misused passage that promotes his anti-scholastic bias: “A powerless Word is the letter not the Spirit. And we all know, ‘The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life'” (Johnson: 116). This twisting of Paul’s meaning in 2Corinthians 3:6 has a long history of use to promote subjectivism and mysticism. The false implication is that studying the Bible will kill you spiritually. The context shows that Paul was speaking of the letters written on stone (verse 3), meaning the Decalogue. Paul explains how the law “kills” in Romans 7:5, 6. It kills because of our sinful passions that it exposes, not because it is studied for what it means.3

For example, does “you shall not steal” have some secret, mystical meaning that can only be assessed by certain elite persons with subjective spiritual impressions, or does it mean what it says? It means what it says. But to truly live as a person who is free from the sin of stealing we need the grace of God that comes through the gospel. In 2Corinthians 3, Paul is speaking of those who have the Law but reject Christ. Bill Johnson is warning Christians that studying the Bible will kill them. In so doing he abuses the passage and lowers the value of Scripture in the minds of his readers.

Johnson warns against “a powerless Word.” The only way God’s Word lacks power is if we refuse to believe and obey it. Johnson suggests that he and others like him who refuse to be taught the truth but relish signs and wonders have “power.” The rest of us who love and believe God’s Word (from Scripture, understood according to the Holy Spirit inspired authors’ intent) are supposedly powerless. Johnson’s teaching is false and is abusive to the Lord’s flock. Ordinary Christians who cannot replicate the miracles of Jesus and His apostles are relegated to a lesser category: powerless Christians to be pitied by elitists like Johnson.

It is easy to see where Johnson is taking his attack against Christian scholarship:

Those who feel safe because of their intellectual grasp of Scriptures enjoy a false sense of security. None of us has a full grasp of Scripture, but we all have the Holy Spirit. He is our common denominator who will always lead us into truth. But to follow Him, we must be willing to follow off the map—to go beyond what we know. (Johnson: 76)

We will see in the next section just exactly where Johnson has gone “off the map” and where he wants to take us. The claim that we cannot know the Scripture but can know what the Holy Spirit is saying by other means is absurd. The Bible claims that Scripture is the Holy Spirit speaking to the church. The Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures. We understand the Bible using our intellect.

Johnson’s approach is to use the person of the Holy Spirit as an excuse to reject scholarly Bible study in favor of undefined, subjective religious experiences. He further denigrates the Bible:

But in reality, the Bible is a closed book. Anything I get from the Word without God will not change my life. It is closed to insure that I remain dependent on the Holy Spirit. (Johnson: 93)

His categories are false. The Bible is the Holy Spirit speaking to us and its power is not dependant on us using religious experience to escape its boundaries. Any lack of life-changing power is due to unbelief, not the meaning of Scripture as correctly understood. But Johnson claims that the Holy Spirit leads us off the map. Thus he denigrates sola scriptura.

The absurdity of Johnson’s claim is such that it amazes me how many are deceived by it. For example, the claim that the Holy Spirit leads us into truth (which He does through Scripture) by some subjective means that go “off the map” and beyond an “intellectual approach” is disingenuous. Those who go off the map are going somewhere. If they have gotten information directly from the Spirit about where they think they should go and then follow it, they are using their intellect as well. The subjective information from the spirit realm must register in someone’s mind in order for them to act on it. So if the intellect is a bad thing when contemplating the Scriptures, why is it a good thing when determining which subjective impressions to follow? But Johnson warns, “The Church has all too often lived according to an intellectual approach to the Scriptures, void of the Holy Spirit’s influence.” This false dilemma (i.e., either intellect or Spirit) fools his readers into thinking that if they attend hyped up meetings such as Johnson promotes, the Spirit is at work; whereas if they were to carefully study God’s once-for-all revealed Word they would be stuck in a “powerless” situation (Johnson: 76).

By discounting careful Bible study, scholarship, and using one’s mind Johnson disarms his readers to the point that they are susceptible to heresies such as those he teaches. For example, “Reaction to error usually produces error” (Johnson: 51). If this is true, why did Paul write Galatians, Colossians, and other of his epistles to correct error? Johnson brags that he doesn’t read any books of people who disagree with his version of revivalism. He consistently downplays or rejects the value of scholarly study. He says: “It’s in the environment of worship that we learn things that go way beyond what our intellect can grasp” (Johnson: 44). That statement reminds me of one I read from a New Ager who suggested we contemplate “the sound of one hand clapping.” How do we learn things but they never register on our minds? Probably by subjective, religious feelings that remain undefined. By such feelings people like the Dalai Lama feel close to God. But are they? . . . . . . .

 

read the full article here.

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from Worldview Weekend:

Please understand that this article is written out of my Biblical concern for the church and in defense of the Gospel. I have endeavored to be as gracious as possible. A few years ago I had to repent of raising the flag above the cross and I want to speak from my mistakes and plead with you not to make the same mistake and thus waste the precious time we have left for what will really count for eternity. With that being said let me tell you as lovingly as I can that I believe pro-family groups and evangelicals that united up with false teachers for one prayer rally and spiritual event after another in hopes of defeating Obama not only failed politically but they also failed Biblically. Thus, I believe the New Religious Right bear some of the responsibility for the re-election of President Obama and for what appears to be God’s hastening in His giving our nation over as described in Romans chapter one.

God’s Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:17 that if Christians unite with false teachers then God will not welcome, receive, or have favor on them. God has not shown favor with the re-election of President Obama and I believe one reason is due to the Biblical compromise of the New Religious right and modern-day evangelicalism in aggressively uniting up with false teachers in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

In an August 2010 article I warned the New Religious Right that they were going to hasten God’s judgment on our nation with their unbiblical spiritual enterprises, with New Age Mormon Glenn Beck in clear violation of 2 John 9-11, 2 Corinthians 6:14, and Romans 16:17. Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally was described as a spiritual event by Beck Himself. It was in 2010 that I wrote:

The compromise by evangelical leaders and pastors by spiritually uniting with “all faiths” with the theme of “looking to the one god”, as described by Beck, has laid the foundation for untold numbers of self-professing Christians to now embrace pluralism and pagan spirituality. Pastors and evangelical leaders literally locked arms with all faiths, including Imams, in a spiritual endeavor despite the clear Biblical warnings of 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Again in August of 2011, I warned the New Religious Right about taking part in and organizing Governor Rick Perry’s “The Response” prayer rally that included a mixture of the New Religious Right and some of the world’s most popular false teachers. In a 2011 article I warned:

I do not believe this event will aide in reclaiming the country, restoring liberty, or prosperity and it certainly will not prompt God to bless America. I believe such an event will actually hasten God’s judgment on our nation…God is watching and I contend that our efforts are being thwarted by God as Divine judgment for setting aside Scriptural warnings and uniting with false teachers in spiritual enterprises intertwined with our Christian activism. 

In my book Grave Influence that was published in 2009, I wrote that God was giving America over as described in Romans 1. Romans 1:28 tells us that one of the signs that God is giving over a nation is that they become debased. Debased means that they don’t pass the test spiritually and one of the signs of a debased mind according to Romans 1:32 is that people lack discernment. Why is it that we have so many people, including religious leaders, lacking discernment?

When the New Religious Right and evangelicals unite up with false teachers then I believe that this is proof they lack discernment. In my latest book Religious Trojan Horse I wrote:

If embracing false teachers is how you reclaim the culture I don’t want to be a part of it. Besides, there is no reclaiming the culture apart from God. Romans 1, explains that compromise and uniting with those who embrace and promote pagan spirituality is how you destroy a culture and speed up God’s judgment. When God finally brings judgment upon America, I believe you will be able to point to some of America’s favorite “evangelical” and pro-family leaders and say, “you and your organizations are as responsible, if not more responsible, for the Divine judgment on our nation than any secular company or organization in America, because you gave credibility and rise to Satan’s number one tool-false teachers-to wage war against Satan’s number one earthy adversary, the true Church.” 

Let me give you some examples of why I believe this is a true statement:

Jerry Falwell Jr., on Glenn Beck’s radio program in 2010 declared, “If we don’t hang together we’ll hang separately. I mean, that’s what my father believed when he formed Moral Majority, an organization of Mormons, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, people of no faith. And there are bigger issues now. We can argue about theology later after we save the country. ” Just a few days before the Presidential election, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association removed the reference to Mormonism as a cult from their website.

In 2012, Shirley Dobson appeared on New Age, Mormon Glenn Beck’s radio program to talk about prayer and God. In the process, she praised Beck for his “great job” and “good work.” Again, how can Beck’s promotion of another Jesus and another gospel be a good work, and why do “evangelical” leaders seem eager to compromise the admonishments of 2 Corinthians 6:14, Romans 16:17, and 2 John 9-11?

According to news reports, in 2008, James and Shirley Dobson joined New Apostolic Reformation personality and assistant pastor at the International House of Prayer, Lou Engle, for “The Call” in San Diego.

In March 2012, James Dobson interviewed Lou Engle on his radio program. He praised Engle and his “ministry.”

Numerous New Religious Right personalities and evangelicals have defended or praised Glenn Beck, or talked with him about God, or joined him in one of his spiritual enterprises. Christians and Mormons do not follow the same God. Why would self-professing Christians unite in a spiritual enterprise with non-Christians? The answer seems to be to reclaim America but how is that working out for them? They are not reclaiming America but I believe compromising the church and the Gospel and hastening God’s judgment.

Pat Roberston has also expressed doubt on how much his culture war activities have really accomplished:

In a reflective mood for Easter, evangelical icon and onetime presidential candidate Pat Robertson echoes the Rev. Billy Graham’s recent acknowledgement that he wished he had spent less time on politics and more time on the ministry and his family.

“When you get it all said and done, what did my work accomplish in the political realm?” Robertson wondered rhetorically during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV in which he offers an inspirational Easter message.

The pragmatic and ecumenical strategy of the New Religious Right has failed and I believe President Obama’s re-election is proof of this fact. In Matthew 23:13-29, Jesus uses the word “woe” eight times when speaking to the scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees. “Woe” means “judgment upon you,” and Jesus pronounced judgment on them because they were more interested in moralizing and legislating morality than in understanding, accepting, and preaching the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Christians should be involved in good works such as defending the lives of the unborn, caring for widows and orphans, and running crisis pregnancy centers. The reason, though, is that people will see the transforming power of the Gospel in our lives. Good works when used as a platform for the Gospel offers unbelievers the chance to see the light of Christ within our lives and to give glory to our heavenly Father. This is the Biblical meaning of being salt and light. The light is the Gospel not good works or moralizing.

Christian activism apart from the Gospel has no eternal value and is, in fact, a sin because we are not obeying God and fulfilling the Great Commission. Uniting with false teachers in spiritual enterprise for political gain is not proclaiming the Gospel but compromising the Gospel.

It is past time that we follow the example of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, where he declares that his first priority is the gospel:

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

Christian pro-family leaders would do well to examine every initiative, project, book, speech, broadcast, and conference in light of whether it will further the proclamation of the biblical Gospel or compromise scriptural principles clearly laid out in God’s Word.

If the New Religious Right were truly committed first and foremost to sound biblical theology and doctrine, they would not be involved in spiritual enterprises with those who participate in the New Age Movement, the New Apostolic Reformation, ecumenicalism, globalism, communitarianism, the Church of Rome, the Word of Faith movement, social justice, and the social gospel.

Most pro-family organizations claim to be Christian and boast that they embrace “Christian values” because the majority of their supports call themselves “Christian.”  However, when it comes to defining what it means to be a Biblical Christian, most of the New Religious Right will not reflect Biblical Christianity because they don’t want to offend their Catholic, Mormon, Word of Faith, or New Apostolic Reformation donors. So, in the end, I believe the New Religious Right betrays the Gospel in deference to “another” gospel embraced by these disparate groups.

Yes, I voted, and I hope you did as well but post-election I have read where pro-family and “evangelical” leaders are lecturing Christians that the election of President Obama is what happens when Christians are not committed to Christian activism. Wrong! This is what happens with Christian leaders are committed to ecumenicalism, pragmatism, and give credibility to false teachers all in violation of God’s Word and God’s warning.

I think the question that needs to be asked now is who will you follow going forward? How will you respond when New Religious Right leaders try to convince you that you need to continue to follow them in order to win the culture war? I for one rejected the culture-war industrial complex for what I think it is really all about some time ago.

The first sentence of my 2009 book Grave Influence was “We’ve lost the culture war.” The culture war is the symptom of the problem and unless we preach the Gospel and defend the Gospel there is not only no hope for the culture but no hope for the lost.

Do you really think God is pleased by political pragmatism over Biblical truth? Uniting with false teachers in spiritual enterprises for political pragmatism is not defending the Gospel but giving credibility to a false gospel. 

It is time for true Christians with Biblical discernment to follow the instructions of Romans 16:17-“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.”

The election results do not change the fact that God is still in control. Our mission has not changed; we are to continue to preach the Gospel and disciple fellow believers. Our mission on the day before the election was the Great Commission and today is still the Great Commission. If your life is largely committed to the culture war then you will feel very defeated by the re-election of President Obama-and well you should be because your life is not going to have an eternal impact and your focus is also not a good sign of your spiritual condition.  However, if your life is committed to the defense and proclamation of the Gospel and Biblical discipleship then you realize that our success is not defined by earthly elections which have nothing to do with God’s plan for eternity.

Our main focus should be preaching the Gospel to the lost, defending the gospel, and protecting the church from false teachers and pro-family leaders that have allowed certain men to rise from within (Acts 20:28-31).

If you want to pull the rug out from underneath the same-sex marriage agenda or the abortion agenda then preach the gospel to the unsaved. If they hear the gospel and respond through faith and repentance then just watch as their worldview changes, their values change and ultimately their conduct.

We cannot reclaim the culture but we can contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). This involves exposing today’s religious Trojan horse that has breached the walls of modern-day evangelicalism through patriotic ecumenicalism and other such schemes of the evil one.

So, to my fellow Bereans, press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14).

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from Herescope:

It has become obvious that Shepherding-Discipleship is not merely an aberration that affects individual personal lives, but is a broad-based ecumenical outreach designed to conform the entire Church to an authoritarian structure with the purpose of achieving dominion over the temporal world system. – Al Dager,
1990,[1]

Scurrilous: Grossly or obscenely abusive, characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive jest, vituperative, venomous, censuring, insulting, offensive, vulgar, aggressively hostile, belligerent, opprobrious, scornful, defamatory, malevolent, pejorative, contemptuous, ignominious, truculent, cruel, fierce, vitriolic, antagonistic, intimidating, obstreperous, contentious, pugnacious, scathing, salacious.[2]

Shepherd: A shepherd or sheepherder, is a person who tends, feeds, or guards flocks of sheep. The word stems from an amalgam of sheep herder.[3]  Pastor (Greek, poimen) means “shepherd.”[4]

currilous Shepherds have been around since the earliest days of the church. The main trouble is many of them are in disguise: Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing. Sheep often do not believe that they literally exist. Like many other Bible stories these days, Sheep are led to think that a Wolf in Sheep’s garb is simply a parable, a myth, a fable. That’s it. No danger!
Therefore, before examining Scurrilous Shepherds it is first necessary to remember the warnings from Jesus Christ Himself and His Apostle, Paul:

  • Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15-16a)
  • I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men. (Matthew 10:16-17a)
  • I send you forth as lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:3b)
  • [A]fter my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. (Acts: 20:29b)

There is another problem. Sheep don’t believe that Shepherds can be EVIL. In fact, most Evangelical Sheep these days do not believe that Man has a fallen nature since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. This is a direct result of the Humanistic Psychology Self-Esteem Movement of the past four decades with its emphasis on the Basically Good Nature of Man. As a result, there is a pervasive corrupted view that “man is basically good but he occasionally screws up.” This Humanistic error enables a Fatal Fraud – that all Shepherds are good, and they only have the best interests of Sheep at heart. For Sheep this is a Dangerous and Deadly Deception.

Here is the key point to remember: The Lord Himself warned that there are Scurrilous Shepherds and that they wear a clever disguise – a Sheep Costume! A Wooly – not a furry – cloak covers them! And a Sweet-looking Sheep facial mask covers their true complexion! They may even smell like Lanolin!

A Saintly-Seeming Shepherd may not be readily apparent as a Wolf until one examines his fruit (Matt. 7:16a). Fruit is the key to identifying a Bad Shepherd. A Scurrilous Shepherd may appear to have benevolence, goodwill, charm, charisma, spiritual acumen, and the best interests of the Sheep at heart. But amazingly, despite all of these external good-sounding credentials, the Lord warns that appearances can be deceiving. Fruit may take a long time to manifest, but eventually it does come forth. Sadly, by this time, many Sheep have been ravaged.

Scurrilous Shepherds are known to walk the walk (actions) and talk the talk (verbal). They may seem to be right on track biblically. But “inwardly” – meaning lurking beneath the Wooly exterior – can be found a Ravening Wolf. Meek, lost, hungry and needy Sheep will find this to be a very disconcerting thought. Who would want to believe the worse about a Shepherd that they have come to love, trust and depend upon?
If appearances are so deceiving how can anyone recognize a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Interestingly, the Lord gives another important clue to identifying Shepherd Wolves: they are ravening! “Once prey is brought down, wolves begin to feed excitedly, ripping and tugging at the carcass in all directions, and bolting down large chunks of it.”[5] Note that this activity is often done in packs. Here is the key difference, an object lesson from the animal world:

  • “Sheep are exclusively herbivorous mammals.”[6]
  • Wolves are almost always carnivores. The “wolf generally specializes in vulnerable individuals of large prey…. [T]hey are not fussy eaters.”[7]

Another biblical clue explains why Shepherd Wolves are ravening: “Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.”(Ezekiel 22:27) A Scurrilous Shepherd is motivated by power and greed over the Sheep, especially for his own financial gain. In our ecumenical age, any Rascally Rapacious Shepherd get gain entry into the church by another doorway, especially in order to plunder them – to steal, kill and destroy. (See John 10:1;10) All one has to do is turn on Christian TV! A Scurrilous Shepherd will fleece the sheep, stealing money that should be going to real mission work or to support local churches! . . . . . . .

read the full article here.

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This article is further evidence of the Roman Catholic Church’s complete and utter spiritual blindness and when you are spiritually blind you fall for the lies of Humanism! And you make common cause with EVIL!

Romans 11:25,26,28-32:

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved . . . . .

Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

from YNET:

In a special interview with Die Tagespost last week, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, named by Pope Benedict to represent the Vatican in the Jewish State, declared that “Israel’s existence as such has nothing to do with the Bible.” He then compared Christians’ condition in today’s Jerusalem with Jesus’ Passion: “We Christians never forget that even our Lord himself suffered and was mocked in Jerusalem.” 

Twal’s position on Israel and the Bible has been embraced at the highest levels in the Catholic Church. The Vatican synod in 2010 declared that Israel cannot use the Biblical concept of a promised land or a chosen people. “We Christians cannot speak about the Promised Land for the Jewish people”, the synod’s document said. “There is no longer a chosen people. The concept of the promised land cannot be used as a base for the justification of the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of Palestinians.”

A few days ago, Patriarch Twal responded enthusiastically to the agreement reached between Hamas and Fatah. He also denounced “the Judaization of Jerusalem” and attacked Israel for “trying to transform it into an only Hebrew-Jewish city, excluding the other faiths.” Elsewhere, Iraq’s Archbishop, Louis Sako, asked to “separate between Judaism and Zionism.” Indeed, in the most influential quarters of Christianity, Jews are still regarded as an apostate group not entitled to a sovereign state of its own. 

Backed by the Catholic clergy, for the first time in history the Palestinians asked the United Nations’ cultural body to register Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity under the name of “Palestine.” According to Omar Awadallah, who heads the UN department in the PA Foreign Ministry, “Jesus is the Palestinian prince of hope and peace and Christians all over the world want that church to be a World Heritage site.” 

In a period when the Vatican’s anguish at the catastrophic decline of Arab Christianity should be palpable, the Catholic Church chooses to demonize Israel and to increase its collaboration with the PLO. The confirmation comes from the intensity of high profile meetings in recent weeks and the participation of bishops not only from Arab countries, but from Europe and the United States as well. 

‘Zionism racially exclusive’ 

A Vatican delegation comprising Ettore Balestrero, the Holy See’s Under-Secretary for Relations with States, and Archbishop Antonio Franco, Apostolic Delegate in Israel, just met in Ramallah with Palestinian ministers and officials for an agreement with the PLO. Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, in a first-ever interview for a cardinal on al-Jazeera, declared that Israel must adopt “an internationally recognized statute for that part of Jerusalem where the Holy Places of the three monotheistic religions are open to believers.” 

Meanwhile, Catholic and Muslim dignitaries met in Beit Sahour for a conference on “How to live together in a future Palestinian state.” Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, and Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, attended the event organized by Al-Liqa, a Vatican ecumenical center. Sabbah signed a document condemning Zionism as “racial exclusivity” and “the ideology of empire and colonialism.” 

Elimination of Jewish state has become a priority

Last January, eight Catholic bishops from Europe and North America, including UK Archbishop Patrick Kelly and French Archbishop Michel Dubost, visited Gaza. “I asked prisoners in the largest prison in Europe (in Evry) to pray for you,” Dubost told Gazans. The inference was clear: Palestinians are living in a big prison terrified by Israel. In the same period, Father Manuel Musalam, head of Gaza’s Catholics, met with Hamas leader, Mahmoud al Zahar, and declared that “Christians are not threatened by Muslims” but that everyone faces the same problem, that of Israel’s “humiliation.” 

Last November, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, head of Lebanon’s Catholic Church, sent his envoy, Father Abdo Abou Kassem, to Tehran for a conference in support of a “Zionist-free middle east.” The conference was also attended by Hezbollah ideologue Mohammad Raad and by Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal. 

If in the wartime period the Vatican had taken a moral stand against Nazism, the outcome might have been different for the Jewish people. But that was 1943. By 2012, the Church should know better. Yet it seems that as was the case in World War II, the Vatican is again pursuing a joint cause with evil forces to buy temporary security.

The Vatican’s criminalization of Zionism, which Arab Churches made a basic condition for Muslim-Christian rapprochement, grants the elimination of the Jewish State priority over defending the rights of their own beleaguered communities. After Arab nationalism failed to eliminate Israel, Arab Christianity and the Vatican are now building a Palestinian identity hostile to Israel and the Jews.

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